Jeff York

The Zenith of the Ass-Kicking Female Action Hero

The Zenith of the Ass-Kicking Female Action Hero

At the Oscars this year, Brie Larson, Gal Gadot, and Sigourney Weaver presented the music awards while trumpeting the powerful women they played in, respectively, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and Alien. Weaver even cracked about how they were going to go out and start their own ‘fight club’ after the show. Indeed, female action heroes […]

 Jeff York

“Birds of Prey” Empowers Its Female Characters with R-rated Mayhem

“Birds of Prey” Empowers Its Female Characters with R-rated Mayhem

You can take Katniss Everdeen, Lisbeth Salander, and Charlie’s Angels and invite them all to a Goop candle party because for unencumbered, unadulterated ass-kicking, nothing’s going to beat the ladies of Birds of Prey. The four women and one teen girl who make up the squad in this latest DC Comics big-screen adaptation aren’t taking names […]

 Jeff York

What This Year’s Oscar Nominations Say About the Academy

What This Year’s Oscar Nominations Say About the Academy

The Academy Award nominations for 2020 have been announced, and naturally, there are plenty of omissions that have become a topic of heated debate. That happens every year as there are always oversights and snubs. It’s wise to remember all that goes into getting an Oscar nomination – it takes the right mix of acclaim, […]

 Jeff York

The Revisionist “Joker” Challenges the Norms of Comics and Villainy

The Revisionist “Joker” Challenges the Norms of Comics and Villainy

********* SPOILER WARNING ********* Searing onto the screen as both a revisionist backstory of an iconic villain character and a pointed commentary on the cuddlier aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the new Joker movie is bold, violent, and unnerving. There have been many exceedingly dark takes on the greatest foil of Batman’s through the […]